Saturday, March 21, 2009

Copan Ruinas

Last weekend, Jesse and I escaped out of San Pedro for some much needed respite (for me anyway, he had just come back from Roatan) to Copan Ruinas. Copan is a cute little village up in the mountain next to a some Mayan ruins. We have both been there before, but it is safe, and we wanted to get out of the city for fresh air and relaxation. Here's some pictures of the ruins and the city.

A ground floor view of the main plaza. The structures are all very well maintained considering how old they are.

An elevated view of the main plaza. This is the view that is depicted on the back of the one lempira bill here in Honduras.

The ball court. There were two teams, and they couldn't use their hands (like soccer) and tried to the ball into a hoop up in the air (like basketball). Legend states that the losing team had to sacrifice their best player after the game. Most Mayan settlements had ball courts. The biggest ball court is at Chichen Itza in Mexico, which we had visited last summer.

Scarlet macaws in the trees at the ruins. Most of their wings are clipped so they can't fly away, but they still look pretty cool.

The main plaza in Copan. The weekend we were here, there was a celebration with music and huge plastic blow-up beer bottles. Copan is set up very typical of Central America, with the main plaza in the middle, and the rest of the town stems off from the main square. Jesse and I enjoy walking around the plaza and people watching.

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